Ohio State University, found ‘itself mired in another scandal’ when the school placed its revered head football coach Urban Meyer on paid leave this week after a longtime assistant coach was fired amid spousal abuse allegations.
Smith was terminated on July 23, days after he was served with a civil protection order involving his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. The school is investigating what Meyer knew about allegations of spousal abuse by former wide receiver coach Zach Smith. Tressel left his position under pressure after he was fined $250,000 and suspended for lying to NCAA officials investigating allegations that his players received special benefits from local businesses.
She told the Stadium sports network her ex-husband had abused her, starting in 2009. In 2015, Meyer’s wife, Shelley, was made aware of the allegations, and said she would speak to her husband, Courtney Smith told the network. But Smith did not follow up to see whether Urban.
In 2011, Meyer took over a beleaguered football program a season after former Buckeyes head football coach Jim Tressel left under a cloud of controversy. During his tenure, Tressel won the 2002 national championship and seven Big 10 championships.
According to that suit, Bohonyi “demanded oral sex” from a female diver who was a student at Indiana University at the time. It claimed Bohonyi “forced her to trade sex for diving coaching.” Another diver said she was 16 when Bohonyi began to sexually abuse her in 2014.
Ohio State said: “Immediately upon learning of the allegations regarding a dive club member in 2014 against Will Bohonyi, the university placed him on administrative leave and opened an administrative investigation.”
“Of great concern to the committee was the fact that (Tressel) became aware of these violations and decided not to report the violations to institutional officials, the Big Ten Conference or the NCAA,” the NCAA Division 1 Committee on Infractions said in a report issued in December 2011. The team was forced to vacate all 12 of its wins from the 2010 season and to suspend five players for the first five games of the next season. The NCAA cited the school for “failure to monitor, preferential treatment and extra benefit violations”.
The civil lawsuit filed last month accuses USA Diving, the sport’s governing body, of failing to protect its athletes after Bohonyi was alleged to be sexually abusing female athletes. The Ohio State University Diving Club, where Bohonyi coached, was also named as a defendant.
The club, which provides recreational diving lessons, is billed on its website as having the second-highest ranked junior USA Diving team in the nation.